Who Is Lura?
A small bit of my history
I was born and raised in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains. My daddy was a precious preacher. Due to the love daddy and his mother, my grandmother had for the Lord, I fell in love with Jesus as a little girl. Holy Spirit honored my desire to read the Bible and taught me to read at four. We were poor and life was difficult but I had sunshine (Sonshine) in my heart. Before I knew the term "priorities" I stated having two desires in life; to serve the Lord with my entire heart and be the world's best wife and mother. My primary desire was to share this sweet, unconditional love of God I had experienced, while my secondary desire was to share the unconditional, nurturing, maternal love. Daddy was very ill, became disabled eventually going home to Heaven too young. I had fallen in love with the guy next door and since I needed a place to live as soon as I turned sixteen and received my driver's license, I married him. The beauty of motherhood followed with two wonderful children. I was able to attain my GED and take classes in the local community college.|
My daughter, Dannette, was born eleven months after we married and I was blessed with my son, Scott, nineteen months after her birth. I was the happiest person on the earth! I thought I had everything my heart could ever wish for but I had not taken into consideration the seriousness of being unequally yoked with an unbeliever. In my urgent need for a secure home with someone to love and care for me, I had failed to wait for the Lord to send a strong Christian man. Shortly after my son's birth, into our third year of marriage, he began telling me he wasn't in love with me. The fact that he traveled on his job and was only home on weekends gave him opportunity to live out his life as he wished. I was happy to be able to stay home with my babies and be a full time mother, teaching them the Word of God and Christian values. I prayed and interceded daily for him to love me, want to spend time with the children, to have a normal life with mutual friends, and especially for his salvation and deliverance from various addictions. We stayed together for 19 years, but being unequally yoked, it seemed the weight of the world sat on my shoulders. He left several times, but finally disappeared for the last time in 1991 and didn't return.
Having pre-planned his escape, he left me with the house in foreclosure with no chance of restitution. He mysteriously vanished for several years, until the children were past the age of child support.
I had survived a near fatal, high impact, head-on collision as his front seat passenger in 1979 without a seat belt and was propelled through the windshield. Satan wanted to destroy my life and tried many times but couldn't do it. He wanted to prevent what God is doing in my life today. When your life is in God's hands He always turns those disasters around and uses them for His purpose. I lived, overcoming TBI (traumatic brain injury), amnesia, epilepsy, brain, head, and face, spinal and internal injuries with broken bones. Here I was, at age 23, dependent upon my two small children and Holy Spirit to teach me to read again.
Having sustained a skull fracture and concussion, incompetent myself, with no relative to protect me and the children, then four and five, he scammed us out of the insurance settlement. He somehow worked with the attorney representing the insurance company of the boy who hit us, making a quick cash settlement on behalf of all four of us, yet nothing being documented or recorded in the court system to protect and provide for my small children’s future nor my medical needs. Most of life was a blur to me as I struggled to regain memory, co-ordination and bodily function in spite of pain and in the midst of his schemes and scams. I was threatened with horrifying possibilities of him having me quietly put away; telling me I was crazy and nobody would ever believe anything I said. He threatened me with taking my precious babies away to a foreign country with new identities, never to see them again, all the while moving us from house to house. I was instructed never to ask questions of him nor interfere with his life. I was prevented from getting the much needed medical assistance although he had excellent insurance benefits through his employer. Mental abuse can be much more tragic and painful than physical abuse. To date I have had 18 surgeries in 25 years and live to the praise and glory of God! I am not saying life was a piece of cake but with God, we can overcome anything Satan tries to destroy us with. In every instance God showed up and displayed His miraculous healing power, sometimes instantaneously, other times through the surgeons and occasionally gradually, but always supernaturally. .
In my lifetime I endured poverty, abuse, rejection, abandonment, near death, disability. partial paralysis, compounded with a broken home, divorce, scattered children, homelessness which resulted in rape and repeated horrors, I had no way to care for myself. I tried working temporary jobs but with ruptured disks and short term memory deficit compounded with many other physical limitations, I couldn't follow through. My back and neck were not strong enough for me to stand or sit up but a few minutes at a time. Often I could not lift my arms to brush my own hair. I had nobody to help push for disability, nobody to let me stay with them and no medical insurance to get the problems resolved.
Satan being the lying sneak he is paraded many wealthy men past who promised a lifestyle of ease and luxury if I would only move in and live with them. I refused the compromise for God's best in His time. I held fast to my conviction that my God is a good God and would restore.
The first Christmas apart, my two teens and I met at the hospital cafeteria for turkey dinner. We held hands and prayed, asking the Lord to make a way for us to be together again. There are many stories yet to be told of those years. At times it seemed as if God had abandoned me, but I was always in His hand. At one point I was renting an old, inexpensive office building. The front room was used as the showroom for my advertising specialties business while the back room was "home". With no hot water heater, cold water was heated in a Mr. Coffeemaker for preparing bath water and shampooing. Insult to injury came when the roof of the now condemned building caved in and I could see snow falling down onto the rubble in front of me, preventing me entrance into the bathroom where my clothing and grooming aids were. I threw myself on the heap of rotten wood and insulation, pounding my fists into the debris, I cried out, "WHY ME, GOD? I have loved You and served You all my life, but I have nothing and I have nobody!"
I could have given up at that moment, but the still, small voice in my spirit said, "You have LIFE and you have BREATH!" That resounded within my spirit so loudly it shook me physically back to my senses. Though cold and dirty, I had the strength to get up and keep trying. Family, friends, churches and the system had failed me, but God hadn't. It was five more years and many more challenges before I was approved for disability in 1997 to continue with the needed surgeries. By this time my daughter, Dannette was grown and pulling her life together. God used her to take me in and work through getting the disability necessary for regaining my physical health. I don’t paint a pretty picture a woman is proud of. I would love to have a lovely story of glamour and etiquette but I don't. I am proud to say that I did remain a lady in the disgusting circumstances. One of Satan's major tricks is to put shame on us for what isn't within our control. If he shames us sufficiently, we hide, bury our pain and never share, receive healing or testify and minister His healing Truths to others. Another trick is fear and intimidation but fear is an evil spirit which has no place in the life of God's child. I am here before you today because God is good and He loves you and me. I should have died many times, but didn't. I should have been a vegetable, but I am witnessing to you. Satan tried to destroy me through the hands of people. God allowed me to go through some pretty horrible things but like Job, I held on to the fact that my God is a good God who loves me.
When the show-down was complete, and I did not surrender to the enemy,
Heavenly Father put His foot down on Satan's head. He lifted me to my feet and put a song in my heart, a testimony of His faithfulness. He restored everything Satan stole. My daughter Dannette's boyfriend honored me as a woman of God and brought me into his little mobile home to sleep on his sofa. I shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him and bought him a Bible. He accepted Christ as Savior, and eventually made Him Lord of his life. God began blessing him for blessing me. He found favor in the eyes of God and others who mentored him, while still others financially backed him in a business which has become extremely successful. In time the Lord engrafted him into our family as my son-in-in law.
Three different times during those restoration days men of God saw an angel standing behind me with the word FREEDOM written across his wingspan. I assumed it signified the spiritual freedom I was experiencing through inner healing and deliverance from grief and loss. When time came for Mike to open his own insurance agency as he prayed God told him to call it FREEDOM INSURANCE. He now has two successful FREEDOM INSURANCE AGENCIES. Many broken people have received more than an insurance policy there, as Freedom reigns and we pray for them as God directs.
I am living proof that we can make it. In spite of what the enemy of our soul says or does. If we trust God and hold fast to His promise to never leave us nor forsake us, we will come out of the fire victoriously, as the three Hebrew boys, without even the smell of smoke. I am not saying it was a piece of cake but victory and restoration certainly are as sweet as honey. I don't claim to be strong or super-spiritual, but through it all, God had a plan. He knew the future and trusted HIMSELF in me.
I held fast to Joel 2:25-28, a promise God gave Israel; He burned within my heart when my world fell apart. I held onto it and confessed it continuously for strength. The prophet Joel prophesied." I will restore to you the years the locust has eaten...and you shall eat plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God that hath dealt wonderfully with you; and my people shall never be ashamed. And you shall know that I AM the Lord your God and none else. And it shall come to pass afterwards, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters will prophesy..." Praise God! He did just that. In the maturing of my children, they came to me with inspired ideas on ways we could pull together and make a fresh start. Now we live in God's blessings with a desire to touch hurting and suffering humanity with this same Good News.
I don't share my story for pity or revenge. I have no anger and the pain has been replaced with joy unspeakable and full of glory. I have perfect peace and victory. It is impossible to overcome and walk as a whole person without forgiving those who have wronged you. Satan's scheme is to keep you bound by cords of unforgiveness but Jesus wants to release you to walk in freedom. Pray for those who hurt you. Let go of the past and let the Father restore you. He knew us and He knew our future before the foundations of the earth.
God knew the people He would have cross my path hear my story and understand they can make it, too. Not just make it, but overcome and live victoriously!
We haven't all experienced the same circumstances, but we all face challenges. The Father made the way of escape for each of them before the earth was established. He wants to bring us out and fill our mouth with a testimony of His goodness. The Heavenly Father showed me He has many daughters who are WALKING WOUNDED WOMEN. His desire is to restore them to WARRING WOMEN OF THE WORD. The battle for your life is on but, thank God, it's already won. The best is still to come for all who trust in the name of the Lord! God loves you.
I have written a book titled WARRING WOMEN OF THE WORD which is available through any online or real-time book or on this website. It addresses the many situations a woman can find herself in by observing women in the Bible, both those who honored and dishonored God. It is written in today’s language so women of all ages and walks of life can understand and find the answers they need to succeed.
Lura Ministries is purchasing and sending FREE Bibles to anyone who doesn't own one along with large numbers of Bibles and reading glasses to Bible Schools, missionaries, evangelists, pastors and prisons throughout the continent of Africa as well as India. (See Foreign Countries page).
I am excited as I observe the beauty God has restored from the ashes of my life, the numbers of women who are being saved, healed, delivered and restored to WARRING WOMEN OF THE WORD! PRAISE GOD!